Edinson Cavani is one of the world’s most lethal and clinical strikers, but the Paris Saint-Germain star did not have the best of seasons.
The 27-year-old ended up with 16 goals and two assists in 31 Ligue 1 appearances along with four strikes in eight Champions League fixtures in the 2013-14 campaign, but there is a lingering suspicion that he could have done more.
Having joined PSG from Napoli last summer as arguably the best striker in Europe, Cavani was often played out wide by coach Laurent Blanc to accommodate a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This has sparked suggestions that Cavani is not entirely happy in France, despite winning Ligue 1 and the Coupe de la Ligue in his debut season with the Paris outfit.
And Cavani’s latest comments seem to suggest that he could be open to a move if he is assured of a more central role by his prospective new club.
‘Look: I obviously prefer playing through the middle’, he told FourFourTwo magazine. ‘It’s the position where I feel most comfortable... I’m closer to goal, where I think I can do the most damage, a bit like my years at Napoli. Your chances of scoring are increased and you’re involved in the build-up. You don’t have to beat five players from the wing to get close to goal to shoot’.
Cavani was alluding to the change in his position for the Uruguay national team. Four years ago in South Africa, the former Palermo man played more as a winger. But since then and especially at Napoli, he was given the centre-forward’s role, which he played to perfection for the Naples outfit, scoring 78 goals in 104 Serie A appearances.
Manchester United have been linked with Cavani, but reports in France suggest that the striker will reject a move to Old Trafford because of lack of Champions League football. Chelsea could provide that, although manager Jose Mourinho looks set to sign his number one target Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
However, there is no reason why that should stop Chelsea from trying to lure one of the best forwards in the world. Throughout last season, Mourinho complained of a lack of a striker in his squad. Even with Costa in the team, he will need at least one more world-class in-form forward. Although it remains to be seen if the Blues would be able to afford Cavani given how much he would cost and the Financial Fair Play regulations, the possibility of the London outfit making a bid for the former Napoli star cannot be ruled out just yet.
PSG have made it clear that Cavani is not for sale, and that he is happy in Paris. Yet, things could change over the next few months.